Schache and Brisbane have both agreed to explore a trade during the AFL exchange period, but foxfooty.com.au revealed on Monday night that none of the clubs that spoke to the Lions on the opening day of the trade period raised Schache as a player of interest.
However there remains ample time for a deal to be done for Schache, who will either be traded to a Victorian club or remain in Brisbane for the 2018 season.
Schache’s desire to return home comes just months after signing a two-year contract extension that secured him to the Lions until 2019.
Speculation about a possible return to Victoria heightened in September, especially after Schache left few belongings behind at his Queensland abode for the off-season break — a move that surprised Brisbane teammates.
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Speaking on Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight, Dal Santo said there were queries on Schache’s “want” to play, which meant putting a value on him becomes difficult for rival clubs.
“Sometimes it’s really hard to measure. If you’re in the drafting of a football club, how do you measure someone’s competitiveness or their want?” Dal Santo asked.
Dal Santo said Schache had “all the talent in the world, hence why he was Pick 2”, but added that clubs would now have to consider the tall forward’s desire to fully exert himself.
“He’s gone up there (to Brisbane), did he really want to be there? It looks like that he didn’t, so now he comes back,” Dal Santo said.
“But there’s a still a question mark around ‘if he’s going to play at our football club … is he going to dig deep week-in, week-out?
“You’ve then got to put a value on that. If you’re going to give up a draft pick, what’s that worth if you’re still not quite sure about what you’re getting?”
The Lions dropped a bombshell on the opening day of the AFL trade period, declaring they would listen to offers for Schache.
“We got on the front foot with Josh and his manager and had a conversation, and if things work out with both parties, we’d be interested (in trading him),” Lions football chief David Noble said.
“We’ve had a mature conversation more than anything about Josh’s desire to go home, and we had that conversation open and honestly when he re-signed that we thought there’d be a point in time where he would consider going home.”
Brisbane is also intent on landing Adelaide speedster Charlie Cameron and Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge at this year’s trade period.
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